Susan McPherson Sampler circa 1820
An historical design from the Scarlet Letter collection.
This fantastic and unusual Scottish sampler features,of all things, a large elephant as the focus, bearing a huge basket of flowers. Exotic animals achieved great attention in the decorative arts of the British Isles during the nineteenth century, and the inspiration for brown Jumbo here might well have come from the English colonists in India and Africa. Little Susan also included a lovely pair of flying birds and butterflies, and two curiously chunky, stylised trees. The letters A through K in the alphabet are beautiful examples of classic Scottish illuminated lettering.
Stitches used in the sampler include cross, back and eyelet.
Origin and date: Scottish 1820
Kit contains 35 count linen, cotton or silk thread, needle and instructions.
Finished size: 16-1/2"x13-1/2"
Scroll down to view the original sampler and also a close up picture of a section of this piece.